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Old 10-07-2002, 06:37 AM   #1
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Post unexplained rash and chronic fatigue

my mother has had a virus for the past 6 weeks and has chronic fatigue. she had a slight temperature which is gone now. no headaches, swollen joints, or other pain. just chronic fatigue and now a rash all over her body (not her face) and her hands are a little shakey...also, her mouth is dry. the doctors say they have no idea what it is. her blood tests are normal. is it lupus? what could it be? please help - she is worried.

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Old 10-12-2002, 02:57 PM   #2
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You said that the doctors have done blood tests - do you know if they have specifically tested her for Lupus? Traditionally, the disease rears it's head in females during their 20's and 30's. The rashes normally associated with lupus appear after sun exposure. Has your mom been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis (in the same family as lupus) related to the swollen joints? Did the swollen joints' onset come after the virus?

You mentioned chronic fatigue as well - is that related to her virus or has she had it prior to the infection? What sort of doctors/specialists has she seen?

I know it's terrible having to watch her go through this, but you don't want your mom to have Lupus, as much as you want a diagnosis. It's not a condition that can be "fixed" with a pill.

Sorry about all the questions, but maybe we can point you in the right direction.

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